Thursday, April 9, 2015


I wore pants Wednesday. I was working in the warehouse all day, so it was a necessity.

I have a small temporary job sewing on an amazing industrial sewing machine! a JUKI:

I am sewing a newly designed, upgraded harness radio strap for firemen for this company:
 S&S Medical Supplies
here is the strap I am sewing: (pic is a link)

Today I made 2 batches of almond butter. There isn't a fridge in the warehouse and I will be sewing there all day tomorrow. i wanted some almond butter roll-ups.
I made one creamy, salted batch...and one crunchy maple batch:
pictured is the crunchy batch with maple syrup!


Tuesday, April 7, 2015


Another Rainy Day!

Is it Still Raining?

Maybe it will clear soon...

NO PANTS APRIL: day 7  features a skirt I bought in Hong Kong, about 10 years ago. I liked the fun, unique waist panel with the ribbon lacing!

 I should wear this skirt more often. It's high-waisted. I don't wear a lot of high-waisted things.


I have not been documenting No Pants April very well this year.

here is my NoPants Outfit today: workout skirt.

 not very pretty skirt, but I gotta keep in shape at least one day a week.

 I was looking for posts from No Pants April last year...NONE! None, I tell you!  How am I to get the word out to everyone on the internet if I don't  bother posting about the No Pants April challenge?? I did find a few pictures on Instagram from last year, though....

I will do better this year.

my Friend, KRISTY @THE MAN CREW , is also joining the NO PANTS APRIL challenge (for the 2nd time!)- so go over to her page and tell her how pretty she is in her lovely skirts and dresses!

TAGS on Facebook and INSTAGRAM: #nopantsapril and  #nopantsapril2015

Monday, April 6, 2015

No Pants for me!

Welcome to No Pants April, episode 2!  Last year was so much fun, not only am I doing it again, but I made 3 new skirts for this years events! Links: skirt #1, skirt #2, skirt #3

Good news! It's not too late to join in the fun. And all the guys are invited to wear kilts for equality's sake. the rules are simple. Whenever you leave the house and have a choice of what to wear, don't choose pants. if your work requires pants then obviously does not fit the portion of when you have a choice of what to wear. Going to the park? Going for a jog? Going to Starbucks for a cup of coffee and a scone? Don't wear pants. feel free to take pictures and if you use Instagram you can take them with #NoPantsApril or #NoPantsApril2015.
Join the fun now! Stop wearing pants and start taking pictures!

Monday, March 30, 2015

Upcycled Denim Skirt.

I had to take a break from the green acetate blouse. So I decided to make another skirt for No Pants April.

I had found  a few jeans in my kids room that were outgrown or had rips.
And I have some black corduroy someone gave me.

I cut off the legs:

 Then I saved one of the pockets:

Then I cut my finger:
 Then I measured my waist (where I want the skirt to sit, which is a few inches below my actual waist). I divided that by 6, since I am using 6 panels, I measured my hips (at the fullest point & was a bit sad), and divided that by 6 (& added an inch).
 I added an inch to that number for seam allowance. Then I cut the jean legs into panels that were the waist measurement at the top and at least the hip measurement 8 inches below the waist (which is how far below my skirt waist that my hips are)

pictured  next is the panel from the non-ripped jeans. I folded the leg, so I would have the fancy stitched double seam showing.


Here, you see that the ANKLE HEM of the jeans will be the WAIST of the skirt.(see the fancy double stitched seam from the side of the keg, now down the middle of the skirt)

I wanted gores between the panels in the front and the back, so when I stiched the panels together I left 12" unstitched to insert the gores:

the pocket from the old jeans:

The zipper is placed on on of the seams in back, but is off center, as there is no center seam:
 I cut 4 triangles out of the black corduroy. 12" height and 8" base. I then sewed the gores to the panels:

HERE IS A LINK for how to sew gores.
I cut side seam pockets out of colorful fabric. (here is a LINK for POCKETS)

I used bias tape to finish the waist edge:

the colorful pocket:

EVERYTHING were items I already had, old jeans, free fabric, zipper & bias tape from my supply drawer.....


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